It’s hard to believe that 2 years (and 2 weeks) ago, I was surrounded by my family in the sun, graduating from Leeds Trinity University after what had been a hard 4 years. I’d started out doing Primary Education, and ended up finishing with a 1st class degree in English. I already had a 6 month internship lined up for after graduation, and I was excited for the future.
I was staying at Leeds Trinity for my internship, and little did I know that I’d actually still be there now, 17 months into an amazing new job as the Student Communications Officer. I get up each day and look forward to going to work, even though I know it can be stressful. I don’t spend each day with coworkers, I spend it with friends. I’m incredibly lucky because I love my job.
A big part of my role is working Graduation Week, where I basically run around like a hurricane for 4 days. It’s an incredible time, but when I’m watching all the students, some of which I’ve become friends with, graduate and excitedly look towards their future, it makes me miss that feeling. That eagerness and excitement for what the future could hold that I had at my own graduation.
At the moment I don’t really know ‘what’s next’ for my professional career. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my job, and I couldn’t be any happier where I work. This isn’t me saying I’m looking for another job. But I just feel I need to develop more, for my own sake?
Flashback to little 5-year-old Joe (he was hella cute) who wrote his own Mr Men book. It was called Mr Scrooge, was 100% illustrated in gel pen, and featured sharks because sharks are totally cool. 5-year-old Joe loved to write, and that’s what he did.
Sure, I still write now, using my blog as a space for writing. But I mean I really want to write. I want to tell stories and give life to characters. I want my words to create worlds for people to lose themselves in.
That’s why I’m considering starting a Creative Writing MA at work in 2018.
By doing an MA, I’d not only benefit my professional and personal development, but I’d give myself that excitement that I’m searching for. I’d have the opportunity to make the walk in cap and gown and accept another degree. I’d get to look towards my future with excitement again.
A year is a long way to go, so maybe I won’t start the MA. Maybe my life could completely change before then. But at least if I plan ahead for this, I know I’m working towards improving myself and getting on the right track. Wanting to better yourself is important, and I’ll be damned if I don’t take my chance.